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RATINGS: 574   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.69   EST. CALORIES: 99   ABV: 3.3%
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The tradition of brewing two distinct beers from one mash has existed for thousands of years, and for centuries the term "small beer" was used in English to describe the lighter and weaker second beer. We make our Old Foghorn Barleywine Style Ale from the rich first runnings of an all-malt mash, and Anchor Small Beer is our attempt to duplicate the "small beers" of old by sparging that same mash: sprinkling warm water over the Old Foghorn mash after the first wort has run off, thereby creating a second, lighter brew from the resulting thinner wort. We believe you will find Anchor Small Beer delicious—similar to what modern brewers call a "bitter"—and we hope you will also enjoy the idea of reviving an ancient brewing tradition, which is something of great importance.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2003
This is a beautiful beer: crystal-clear body and fluffy white head. Ooo. Doesn't taste so good: grainy as hell, no sweetness, no good flavor. Just ungood. I would really prefer Budweiser.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2003
A great looking beer in an awesome bottle. Very grainy and aweful. I'm not sure why Anchor even makes this. Rather have a bud.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
skortila (4821) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2003
Sweet aroma, malty. not great. Appearance is okay, lasting head, golden to amber coloured. Clear. Taste is sweet, ugly malty, some hops, some fruits. Palate is metallic. It would have been better if they put the old foghorn in the big bottle and this 'small beer' in the small 0ldfoghorn bottle.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
caesar (5771) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2003
Definitely the worst of the Anchor brews i've tasted. Dark yellow color, quite big head. Aroma is skunky and hoppy. Taste is too bitter and sewer-water-like. Bitter palate. Why do they sell this crap in 0.5 liter bottles, and the nice old foghorn only in 0.25 liter?!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
hopscotch (10076) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2009 This beer was my first small beer. It was my first "drain-pour" in quite sometime. Horrible, thin and bitter from start to finish. Maybe my bottle was off. I don’t even want to give it another chance. Bought it at Sam’s in Chicago, IL. Horrible!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2003
Pours with a clear light amber body topped by a thick rocky sustaining head with good lace. Slightly sweet and lemony hop aroma with a piney background. Slightly sweet yet very bitter hop flavor with a touch of lemon and piney notes. Light to medium bodied and slightly dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Andrew196 (1096) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2003
Golden yellow in color, aroma was very boring and unoffensive. Taste was super clean, lightly sweetened malts....not a lot there. Tons of flavor for such a low ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - APR 1, 2003
Bottle. Lasting head, amber color. Plain, malty, a bit more effervescent than I expected. So this is that "mild ale" thing. I'll give it this, at 2.3% it was way better than budcoorsmiller lite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2008 (22 oz bottle) light pale orange. Small off white head. Mild malt/hops aroma. Pale malt with distinct herbal/grassy hops finish. A really solid session beer or summertime out in the sun beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Medium orange gold color. Head is smallish. Aroma is malty and slightly skunky. A light bodied beer. Very light and watery tasting. There is something not quite right with this beer, not sure quite what it is, but it ain’t right. Malts are way to mild. Hops are way to astringent. And it only 2.3 % alcohol as well. Not a very good effort from Anchor. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is harsh. Aftertaste is bitter. DRAIN POUR TIME!!

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